Dara has been practicing social work in Toronto for over 10 years. Her focus includes counselling as well as policy-based research. In both areas she is committed to providing a service that is anti-discriminatory, inclusive, and non-judgemental.
She holds a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, as well as Bachelor’s Degrees from York University (BSW) and McGill University (BA). She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSW), as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Dara is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Canadian Counselling Special Interest Group (CCSIG) of the CFAS.
In 2001, while experiencing her own struggles with infertility, Dara became very involved in the developing legislation around Assisted Human Reproductive Technologies. She was invited to speak before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in 2002. Her expertise continues to be sought by Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) on developing regulations.
After surviving more than 8 years of infertility and undergoing numerous tests, medications, surgeries, unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), and in-vitro fertilizations (IVFs), Dara and her partner Peter turned to gestational surrogacy. Today they are the proud and happy parents of two young daughters; each one carried by a different gestational surrogate. Through her own experience with infertility and her family's journeys through the surrogacy process, Dara provides guidance and hope for others in her sessions.